Friday, November 16, 2012

McCabe, Mrs. Miller and Reds

 McCabe and Mrs Miller.

I haven't seen that many Altman films. Just this one, The Long Goodbye and Short Cuts. Personally I find them a bit hard to like - they're just too slow and not very fun. But that's a matter of personal taste. At least they're films for adults, something that hardly exists anymore. I liked the use of Leonard Cohen songs and the ending is very effective, despite the obviously fake snow storm. And I'm still curious about his film Nashville - I'll watch it if I find a copy.


A big budget three hour epic about an American communist? How the hell did this movie get a greenlight? By Warren Beatty being a big star at the time, I suppose. Anyway, it's pretty good. It takes its time, making us care about the characters. I must confess I don't know much about John Reed and the Wobblies and all that, only what I've picked up from reading Dos Passos. The film has lots of political arguing and so on, but there's also the good old reuniting of two people in a train station scene, always a classic.


  1. On the Altman front, I would definitely recommend M*A*S*H and Gosford Park. Gosford Park is one of my all-time favourite movies--I could pretty much watch it any time. That, Withnail & I, and Manhattan Murder Mystery.

  2. I've seen parts of MASH, but never the whole film. Withnail & I is great. Haven't seen MMM. If I find a used copy I'll give it a try.
    I've become a bit curious about Warren Beatty and will look for some of his other films, like Heaven Can Wait and Bugsy. The Parallax View was pretty good, in a slow 70s way.

  3. Maybe I've missed it, but have you ever done anything like a definitive top 10 favorite movies list? I think it'd be interesting to see.

  4. I like a lot of films. To narrow it down to just 10 would be difficult. And depend on my mood that day. I name a lot of my favourite films and directors on my profile page.